Spain: Education

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors

EXTENDED Application Deadline (2018 Program): February 12, 2018

Ourense, Spain - The program will take place in Ourense, which is in the Region of Galicia, in Northwest Spain, 1.5 hours away from Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, and 2 hours from Porto Portugal. Schools in this region are becoming more and more multicultural, and in response, education has become trilingual: the subjects are taught in Galego (Galician), Spanish and English. By working in local classrooms, students will be able to compare the current education systems in the U.S. and Spain and learn the foundations of both systems. Field trips and home stays with local families will further allow students to be immersed in Spanish culture.

When can I go?

May 14 - June 23, 2018 (6 weeks)


Where will I live?

Program participants will live with host families.

Who is eligible to participate?

Open to all majors.
2.0 GPA required.
Non-GVSU students are eligible.
Visit the website for details.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

EXTENDED Application Deadline (2018 Program): February 12, 2018

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

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What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of 6 credits:
EDF 315: Diverse Perspectives on Education* (3 credits) AND
EDF 380: Cultural Exploration in Spain (3 credits)
Fulfills Cultures - U.S. Diversity requirement and one Issues requirement
*Fulfills a requirement for admission in the College of Education
Language of instruction: English

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $4,475

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • All excursions and fees
  • All ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • Tuition ($3,150)
  • · Passport ($140)
  • · ISIC Card (optional - $28)
  • · Additional meals ($200)
  • · Personal Expenses ($300)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $8,293

Financial Aid

To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Financial Aid FAQs


FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

Visit for more information on these and other grants/scholarships. 

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director: 

Sherie Williams

465C Richard M DeVos Center



All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.